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The long term effects of a back injury suffered at work

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

If you suffer a back injury in the workplace, it can have significant and lasting effects.

Employers and employees must understand these effects to ensure proper prevention and management strategies are in place.

Pain and discomfort

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 38.5% of work-related musculoskeletal disorders involve the back. One of the most immediate and persistent consequences of a back injury is pain and discomfort. The injured individual may experience varying levels of pain, ranging from mild to severe, depending on the nature and extent of the injury. This pain can interfere with daily activities, work performance and overall quality of life.

Reduced mobility

Back injuries often result in reduced mobility and flexibility. Activities that were once easy may become challenging or even impossible to perform. Reduced mobility can impact the individual’s ability to perform their job effectively and may require accommodations or modifications in the workplace.

Emotional impact

Dealing with a back injury can take a toll on a person’s emotional well-being. Chronic pain and limited mobility can lead to feelings of frustration, anxiety and depression. The individual may experience a loss of independence and struggle to cope with the physical limitations imposed by their injury. The uncertainty surrounding the recovery process and the fear of reinjury can contribute to emotional distress.

Financial strain

Back injuries can result in financial strain due to medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation costs. The individual may require extensive medical treatment, including physical therapy, medications or surgery. Time away from work can also lead to lost income. Ongoing medical expenses and the need for assistive devices or home modifications can add to the financial burden.

Impact on relationships

The effects of a back injury are not limited to the individual. They can also impact relationships with family, friends and coworkers. Chronic pain and emotional distress can strain relationships, leading to feelings of isolation and frustration. Changes in the individual’s ability to participate in social activities or fulfill family responsibilities can also contribute to relationship difficulties.

Proper equipment and techniques are important in the workplace. Protecting the back and the rest of the body from injury should be a primary concern.